Providing a Range of Therapies for Integrative Treatment
by Susan Post
Powerful work with a gentle touch. That is what is behind the Reiki sessions and other integrative therapies offered at The Reiki Center. Facility Director and Reiki Master Linda Haley has been helping clients heal for over 15 years.
“I got into it the way most people probably do,” she says. “Traditional medicine didn’t help and I was looking for alternatives and found Reiki.” She subsequently became well from an illness that had all but crippled her.
Haley initially thought it had to be a placebo. Then she noticed other improvements, including better eyesight and feeling happier, and was eager to find out more. More sessions and classes led to a one-woman Reiki master travelling across Columbus.
“It was never intended to be a business,” Haley says. It was intended to be a healing hobby to help people feel better. She actually credits her husband with encouraging her to start the center.
“He was the one who said, ‘You know, I can really see the benefits of this reaching more people,’” Haley says.
Today, The Reiki Center brings the benefits of its namesake practice, as well as many other integrative therapies, to as many people as possible.
The center offers a variety of therapies, including:
- Craniosacral therapy
- A detoxifying foot spa
- Essential oils
- Holistic yoga therapy
- Intuitive services
- Shamanic services
- Sound healing
“Some of the therapies that we do here were at one point considered not well known, but in the last few years they have actually moved into the mainstream,” Haley says.
Reiki is probably one of best-known emerging natural therapies. The Japanese technique for pain and stress relief works to bring the body’s energy back into balance after a disruption of that energy causes a person to feel unwell. A Reiki session serves to help energy move through the body and get back into balance as it inherently knows where the energy is most needed.
One of the prevailing concepts in Reiki is that each person has an energy field. Part of that notion is that during a session, the energies of the master and the patient merge. The master then helps the patient release what they do not need anymore, whether it comes from physical or emotional challenges.
“All we do is provide the means; the client is the one who heals themselves,” Haley says.
Reiki can be used to heal a wide range of conditions.
“We’ve seen a lot of significant results from people who have come in with a tremendous amount of discomfort, to people who are emotionally fragile,” Haley says. As it has become a more recognized form of healing, the US Army has started using Reiki to treat PTSD, and hospitals are using it for relief from chemotherapy.
“The reason it’s becoming so popular is because it works,” Haley says.
Although popular, there is one common misconception Haley often has to address. Reiki is not a religious practice. “It is a spiritual practice,” she says. “And by that I mean it gives meaning and purpose. It connects you to a greater source of awareness. When things start to feel like they are in balance, that’s when your body becomes healthier, that’s when your mind become healthier, that’s when you become happier.”
The Reiki Center does more than facilitate healing through sessions:
The center specializes in animal Reiki, having treated creatures large and small, including horses, cats, dogs, ferrets and turtles. They do a large amount of work with rescues. When a pet owner adopts from a shelter, they are also adopting an animal’s often difficult past. Reiki helps make animals more approachable, which in turn can help adoption rates go up.
Individuals can learn the healing power of human and animal Reiki for themselves through classes offered at the center. Haley says that classes give participants a sense of empowerment by bringing wellness into their own hands. For example, attendees will learn ways to bring calm or relieve headaches. Only once they find balance in themselves are they encouraged to practice on others.
At the heart of all center offerings is the desire to help people feel better. To serve those that do not have the funds or are curious about the practice and want to try it before they commit, The Reiki Center offers free bodywork and Reiki clinics. The third Sunday of the month features free 15 to 20 minute massages, while the third Monday offers mini Reiki sessions. Although it seems like short amount of time, Haley says a lot can happen.
When a patient comes to The Reiki Center, the practitioners do not ask about diagnoses or pills. What they want to know is how a patient feels, and how they can help them feel better.
“We meet you wherever you are and help you get to wherever you want to go,” Haley says.
Location: 1540 W. 5th Ave., Columbus. For more information, call 614-486-8323 or visit TheReikiCenter.net.
Susan Post is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus. She enjoys writing about her city and the people and places that make it special. Contact her at Susan.Post.firstname.lastname@example.org.